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Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT HDTV Preamplifier, TV Antenna Amplifier Signal Booster, HD Digital VHF UHF Amplifier (10x Power, Low Noise, 20 dB Max Gain) - USA
- HDTV Antenna Preamplifier - The Winegard Boost XT TV signal booster enhances any non-amplified antenna, delivering more range and available channels. Delivers a crystal clear signal, watch more channels than with an antenna alone.
- 10x Power Handling Capability - TwinAmp Technology separately amplifies VHF and UHF signals for maximum performance on any non-amplified outdoor antenna. Signal selectivity is greatly enhanced and noise and interference is reduced to the lowest levels.
- Amplified Clear Circuit Technology - Boost Clear Circuit Technology features the lowest noise figure (1db typical) to deliver more range and reduce signal dropout and pixelation. The Boost XT preamplifier enhances any non-amplified antenna.
- In The Box - Includes Winegard Boost LNA-200 digital TV antenna amplifier, 110v adapter, power inserter, hose clamps and printed documentation.The Boost XT preamplifier works with any passive/non-amplified antenna.
- Winegard TV Antenna Experts - Leading US designer and manufacturer of quality TV antenna and signal equipment since 1954. Designed and built in the U.S.A.
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Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT TV Preamplifier, VHF UHF Amplifier
Extend the range and signal quality of your non-amplified digital HDTV antenna with a Winegard TV antenna preamplifier. Winegard's ultra low-noise amplifiers offer maximum signal quality. Watch more free shows than ever before!
Boost Clear Circuit Technology features the lowest noise figure (1 dB typical) to deliver more range and reduce signal dropout and pixelation. The Boost XT enhances any non-amplified antenna!
TwinAmp Technology separately amplifies VHF and UHF signals. This separation of bands increases signal handling capability for up to 10 times more and reduces intermodulation, thereby maintaining the purest signal path possible.Size, Compatibility and Features
- Dimensions: 6in x 4in x 4.8in
- TwinAmp Technology separately amplifies VHF and UHF signals
- 10x more power handling
- Bandpass filters remove interfering RF signals
- Installs on any outdoor non-amplified TV antenna
- Maximum Gain (typical): 20 dB
- Noise Figure (typical): 1dB
- Power: +5V at 130mA
In The Box
- LNA-200 Boost XT Preamplifier
- 110V Adapter, Power Inserter, Hose Clamps
- Printed Documentation
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That said, I installed this on my AntennasDirect Element antenna in the attic, and it improved the signal tremendously, for $44 rather than the AntennasDirect product at $79.
Two items must be plugged in to the coax antenna cable - the amplifier at the antenna, and a power inserter, probably at your TV. The power inserter has a small transformer that plugs into 110v. You'll need a couple of extra coax jumpers, one from the antenna to the amplifier, and the other between the power inserter and TV. Be careful if you need to split the signal to more than one TV - either the splitter must have pass-through capability, or you need to install the power inserter on the antenna side of the coax cable.
This, when paired with my RCA ANT751R Yagi, see my in depth review of this antenna, proved excellent for my area and increased my network viewing.
This amp has gone through hurricane/tropical storm rain, 100+ degrees, and freezing 22 degree days here in North Florida and still works perfectly after 3 years of continuous use along with my RCA ANT751Z antenna.
The particular situation in which this amplifier works well is one in which the receiving equipment is signal starved but not noisy – a low-level signal (e.g., transmitter tower is distant from the receiver and/or of relatively low power) embedded in a relatively low noise background. While expensive instrumentation is required to definitively determine when this situation exists, it is possible to use the signal strength diagnostics built into most modern digital TV’s to get a strong hint that this is the case. In particular, if a TV owner uses the Menu option to access a screen which shows the signal strength and/or signal-to-noise ratio and/or signal quality, a reasonably clear picture of an appropriate application may be possible. If these parameters are low – i.e., they reflect a small signal – or vary relatively rapidly in time, it is likely that the desired digital signal is being adversely affected by environmental or propagation distance effects. The best way to make this kind of observation is with a single TV set connected to a single antenna – either upper-VHF or UHF band – so that the intrinsic signal effects are separated from noise or losses arising from multiple splitting effects/losses and/or intrinsic receiver/line noise. Under these conditions, use of a high-quality, low-noise pre-amplifier (i.e., more than 10 dB gain, noise factor of 1 dB or thereabouts, but not more than 1.5 or 2) is likely to be very beneficial. If not, an amplifier like an LNA-200 is unlikely to be very helpful. [Note: Amplifiers with higher noise figures may be useful as distribution amplifiers for multiple splits AFTER the signal levels are brought up to usable levels.]
To use a pre-amplifier like an LNA-200 effectively, it should be connected in the coax cable line after the antenna but before any other components (e.g., before splitters used to divide the signal among multiple TV sets), so that it increases the signal level without amplifying any noise or loss effects introduced by the installation plumbing in a user’s home. Other amplifiers, most often characterized as distribution amplifiers rather than pre-amplifiers, typically have much higher noise figures – anywhere from 4 to 15 dB – and may be useful downstream further downstream in a home wiring network. In such locations, they can maintain signal strength after being multiply split, but these amplifiers are not useful in bringing up signal levels from the intrinsic noise floor because they introduce additional noise which is amplified and drives down the intrinsic signal quality. A good measure of overall signal quality is the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), if a TV set’s menu of diagnostics provides this parameter: modern tuners must be designed (by the ATSC tuner standard to which they are bound) to lock onto digital signals when the SNR is at least 15 dB, and values less than generally result in poor/no picture and/or image tearing. Signal levels of 20 dB or so are OK, but – in the presence of atmospheric turbulence or weather – may be degraded below useful levels. In this situation, an amplifier like an LNA-200 may provide the boost needed to generate a useful, reliable TV image.
While details of the negative reviews that area associated with the LNA-200 rarely have enough detail to diagnose the reason for the failures, they give hints that many of the problem areas are likely to have arisen from the following: (1) inappropriate application, such as at the bottom of a cable-splitting chain next to a TV set, rather than at the antenna; (2) incorrect installation of the in-line-coax power supply, which can fail to provide the DC power needed if it’s installed backwards or if a signal splitter (most of which are not “DC passing” if not specifically ordered to allow power to be passed up the line for amps/rotators as the signals come down the line); (3) incorrect installation of the amplifier, by connecting the inputs from the antenna and the output to the TV to the wrong terminal which can damage equipment in the lines, including the amplifier or TV.
Reports of units being dead out of the box (DOB) have also appeared in the reviews of this equipment but it’s not clear what the frequency of this problem is. Sadly, in the case of most modern electronics, a disappointingly large fraction – 5 or 10 % is not unusual -- of newly shipped units either are DOB or are perceived so. Some of the perceptions are from users who don’t know how to set up or connect the equipment – probably the majority. The actual number of really DOB units is typically a few percent, and may reflect either poor quality control or damage in transit/handling – but the reviews which appear online don’t provide the information needed to determine what the real problem is.
In the case of the LNA-200, my guess is that most of the problems with applications lie with improper application, installation, or connection. The Winegard folks have been around for a long time and are known for their excellence in design and production of durable hardware. If you do encounter a problem, I’d recommend that you give them a call or send them an e-mail to determine the genesis of the problem – they’ll almost certainly connect you with an applications engineer who can determine whether you’ve got the right gear, installed it correctly, and are using it the way it was supposed to be operated – or whether you’ve just got a dud. They’re a good company – probably the best at what they do – and my experience has been that they stand behind their gear.
I live in Providence, RI and my benchmark was being able to pickup Create TV, which I think is near Connecticut. It doesn't even show up as an option on antennaweb, but I was determined after getting flashes of it with my old radio shack rabbit ears. After getting the Winegard, I'd have to adjust the aim every now and then to pick up Create, but I got everything else in Providence and Boston with no issues.
To top it off, I think it looks pretty good! You can hide it somewhere, but I put it on a shelf with my center channel and dig the unapologetic, functional styling. It's an antenna, but not what people typically imagine when they hear the word. It's a weird thing to get complimented on, but I got a few. My friends are bit 'unique', so YMMV. Anyhow, if you need an antenna, get this one.
Without the preamp, I pulled in 36 stations. With the addition of this preamp, it allowed me to bring in another 8 and cleared up the pixelated stations. I will admit that some of the new stations are repeats from the Phoenix area but that's around 100 miles away. Also, they didn't come in before the addition of the amp.
I'd say that in our specific case, I am more than satisfied and consider it a great addition to the AV system since we cut cable. YMMV